Huge haul of Easter eggs for chil­dren

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Ash­ford Leisure Trust’s Easter pro­mo­tion re­sulted in nearly 70 Easter eggs be­ing do­nated for chil­dren based at the Calde­cott Foun­da­tion in Smeeth, near Ash­ford.

The foun­da­tion cares for some of the UK’s most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple, many of whom have ex­pe­ri­enced mul­ti­ple place­ment break­downs and a trau­matic child­hood.

Cus­tomers tak­ing out a mem­ber­ship at the Stour Cen­tre and Julie Rose Sta­dium dur­ing the run-up to Easter were asked to do­nate an Easter egg in­stead of pay­ing the usual join­ing fee.

The eggs were de­liv­ered to the home on Thurs­day, April 13 where they were pre­sented to Karin Mon­crieff the foun­da­tion’s fundrais­ing man­ager. Karin said: “We were ab­so­lutely thrilled to re­ceive such a won­der­ful num­ber of eggs from the ef­forts of the staff at Ash­ford Leisure Trust for the chil­dren in our care to en­joy over Easter. Thank you all so much for your sup­port which we do so much ap­pre­ci­ate.” An an­nual car fun run and trea­sure hunt across Ash­ford raised £1,000 for the Pil­grims Hospice.

Thirty-five cars took part in the rally on Sun­day, April 2.

It started from the Sandy­acres sports club in Sandy­hurst Lane and was or­gan­ised by Cliff Boul­ton to raise funds for the hospice in mem­ory of his son, Mark.

Mark Boul­ton, who died of cancer at the Pil­grims Hospice in 2014, was a clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast who would have been 50 this year.

Mr Boul­ton said: “En­trants were given vol­un­tary do­na­tion en­velopes for the hospice. At least 10 peo­ple that could not at­tend do­nated any­way. The fi­nal to­tal raised was £923.20 which I thought was a fan­tas­tic amount.”

He later at­tended a meet­ing of the Ash­ford & Faver­sham MG Own­ers Club where he was pre­sented with a fur­ther cheque for £76.80, round­ing up the to­tal raised to £1,000.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4728979

Mr Boul­ton wel­comes the cars in­clud­ing this 1934 Sports Saloon Bent­ley

The Calde­cott Foun­da­tion’s fundrais­ing man­ager Karin Mon­crieff

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